Crafty in the Med

I'm here to enjoy meeting other crafters and to share my ideas and projects. I love to crochet,cross stitch and embroidery but I'm keen to try new crafts too. I love music and I love to sing! Singing makes me happy. I collect jugs....its their shape I think! I am addicted to yarn and buttons. I get lost in book shops and can spend all morning there and I absolutely adore rummaging in flea markets.When we are out and about my camera goes with me and I take photos of anything that catches my eye;usually doors! I love to read sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I would be the first passenger on the first time machine ! I BELIEVE IN MAGIC!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

and ...I said out loud ...WOW!



I said all that and more!
Sr P also peered in among the goodies lifting up a parcel here and there while he sniffed and said ......it smells of cinnamon.
The presentation of it all was so alluring that I was dying to get to and open up all the little parcels.  It made for some enjoyable moments as we oohed and ahhed  as I unwrapped each parcel.

I am participating in Blueberry Hearts Golden Autumn Swap


and the previous introduction is a brief description of first impressions of the contents of the swap parcel I received from Ellie at Feltabulous last  Thursday. As luck would have it we also received each others swap parcels practically simultaneously so you can find the contents of what I sent to Ellie here in her latest post.

Let me show you because the contents indeed must be seen as Ellie has been extremely generous.

How about that then? Glorious,isn't it?

 As you can see everything was wrapped up in Autumn colours (so.... nice brings to mind home and walks in the woods . You just don't get those colours here!)    You can see there's a lovely bunch of ribbons ,a felt ball garland (so soft),some pretty tape, a silk mini bunting,a Lincoln City fridge magnet(it is actually on my fridge door now. I have four from different swaps so I think it is the start of a collection. What I particularly like are the fine tip pens!!! This is quite a coincidence actually because I've been having ideas of going back to something I used to do years ago and it involves fine tip pens. I was thinking of buying a couple and starting on this idea over the summer months but it got pushed to one side. I think now ....this is destiny saying go on do it and Ellie's gift is prompting me to go ahead :-)
Here we find where the wonderful cinnamon smell comes from...the candles. All of them smell extremely nice but I do like the Cinnamon Stick one particularly. I mean for Sr P to sniff it out straight away is something as he couldn't care less about candles or nice air freshener smells!
Look buttons ...more for my collection and lace!!!   Love it!

More goodies!!! 
The bracelets are wonderful. I have already worn the orange one and it is very comfortable. I very often do not wear bracelets as they bother me ;this one does not.   I do like the idea of the picture giving a description of the different types of beads used.
Do you see the burnt orange felt heart?   Ellie made that and from Merino Wool!!
There is more. A notebook,postcards,a key ring which is now hanging from my bag handle, love those pretty stones dangling from the side of my handbag.A Traditional English recipe booklet . I'm thinking of scanning off a couple of those recipes for my students. I can use that in class and it will also show them we do not eat sandwiches or fast food all the time,as they seem to think so.

I am trying to pump as much gratefulness and sincere sense of pleasure into this post as possible to try and portray just how much I appreciate these marvelous swap gifts. Ellie has been most thoughtful as I can see she has taken into account just what I like.  
Thank you so much Ellie for the care and consideration to me a stranger that you have shown in the selection of swap gifts that you have sent me.
Thank you also to Blueberry Heart for hosting such a wonderful swap and I look forward to next years as well.

I have been thoroughly spoilt these last few days I received something else and this time from the USA but I'll leave that for my next post.

I'll just add a photo of what I am working on at the moment


30 Granny squares done and 32 to go.....groan!!!!     As I mentioned in my previous post ...noooo it is not a blanket! Can you guess what it is going to be???   :-)


Have a great weekend

Amanda :-)


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Well travelled!

Well travelled that's me!

not on Ryan Air!!!


I have travelled a bit not as much as I would like to though. I enjoy travelling immensely. I also seem to have this anxiety to get to know other cultures,to see and explore new places.
However the title of my post is a little misleading because it is not my intention to boast about or bore you with an itinerary of countries I have been too but quite the opposite.

I was reading Gracie from One Saylors blog recent post about "Gathering across America" and was greatly admiring her lovely photos of her family and her trip; such a beautiful part of the States. I was indulging in thoughts of that scenic part of the USA that she lives in and travels to when it came to mind just how much I do enjoy the images that bloggy friends post on their blogs, showing where they live or where they go on holiday or even if they have redecorated a part of their house or moved to a new home. It is like a window to another land, indeed  a virtual window of course. I know it is never the same as actually seeing it in real life but nevertheless I count myself lucky that I am in contact with bloggers in many far away places who post some really fascinating and interesting photos.
I have mentioned in the past that I am a very visual person. I am indeed and images for me are really stimulating. They open my mind. They stir my imagination,they make me form an opinion ( not always right may I say.... I am not clairvoyant) and of course produce umpteen questions,which I do not ask so as not to be impolite.  If you don't understand what I am trying to describe can I just give you an example.
Lets see!
We are often shown photos of a new born which we admire because babies are always beautiful and so tiny and adorable. I do that of course but then I look at the rest and masses of thoughts go through my mind and I could be thinking perhaps......(there will be no commas throughout the next paragraph as my thoughts are usually erratic in this situation and during those moments there is no such thing as punctuation)

......looks like it is sunny the light is shining off the handle bars of the pram and it was taken outside in the garden but that looks more like a park than a garden as I can see the sides of a bench and it looks like a public bench and there is a tag sticking up from a bush beside a lovely flower so got to be somewhere public the baby has to be too warm because she/he has too many covers over him/her I like the blanket definitely crochet I wonder if it is cotton or yarn but what is that hanging from the side looks like a good luck charm ....bla bla and bla.

Ok now don't laugh it is really more or less like that!!!
Some would say I am just observant but I'm inclined to think it goes beyond that.
Now I'm sure you didn't really want to know about how I need to see images to understand more so to cut a long story short receiving photos even those of your home are one of the reasons that I enjoy blogging so much because I feel in some small way that I am travelling there to where you live!!!
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Now then you all had a bit of a giggle ...didn't you over my last post ? On reading some of the comments I have received I'm pretty sure that is so. I thought I would reply to some of the comments here on this post for a change:

Dear Annie at Annie Cholewa
(Nude snorkelling ... would it be a first I wonder?)
reply: "ummmm ... no idea ....... but I certainly do not plan to be the first one to do it"

Sharon at From My Front Porch
(The bit about going nude made me giggle.)
reply:  "I knew it at least someone admits it."

 Elaine at Bramble Rambles
 (Nude bathing...no, my wobbly bits are best covered. Besides, I imagine I would be so scared of being seen that I would turn into a salt water prune while waiting for the coast to be clear enough for me to emerge from the sea into the safety of a towel!)
reply: I'm afraid to disappoint you all but I would probably do exactly the same!!!

Meredith at Mereknits
(You are so funny, it would be my luck to to run into someone I know while trying the nudest thing. And let me just say this 50 year old body doesn't need to be seen by anyone tha tis for sure.)

reply:" to be sure Meredith  .... you took the words right out of my mouth"

 Penny at The Hen House
(I love snorkelling but haven't skinny dipped since I was 26 & fairly sure I' not likely to again !)
reply: "yes! I did my stint of skinny dipping during sweltering hot evenings when it was nice and dark and no one could see you ....that is I used to until a twit shone the headlights of his car on the bit of water I was jumping up and down in . That ended it ....so very ungracious of him!!!!

Linda at Linda's Crafty Corner
(I had to have a giggle at the thought of you running into one of your students while you were in the nude doesn't bear thinking about haha xxx)
Reply: "yes ha! ha!....there you are more giggles . I certainly would not be giggling if that ever happened, I  blush just to think about it!"

Sue at Mrs Micawber
(Snorkeling sounds wonderful, and your idea of a sandal business sounds very profitable. :)
 reply " there you are someone one who can see the sensible side of things ...it really could be a good business, trouble is my people skills would severely suffer as I wouldn't be able to look my customers in the eye!  In fact I just wouldn't be able to look at them  full stop! Bad ...very bad for business!!!

 I've left this one for the last
Mum at Mum's Simply living blog
(Eat your heart out Sr P, your wife's heart is well and truly in the right place bringing joy to Blogland with her wonderful tales.
xx
PS I'm sure his heart is also in the right place - just go steady on that nudist beach!
xx )
Reply:  "Lovely compliment Mum which makes me feel so good as I am so glad you enjoyed my last post. If it brought a smile (or giggle) to your face and to my other boggy friends then it was worth writing :-) "


The five hour course I usually give Saturday mornings is starting up later this year so I was for once able to attend the neighbours' end of the summer seafood barbeque. Needless to say it was wonderfully relaxing and I had a great time. We cracked silly jokes,did impersonations,danced ,sang and had a a daft time  which was fantastic it started about 2:00pm (lunchtime here) and it was still going strong when I came away at 7:30 pm. I have been told today they finished about 1:00am in the morning!!!!!






Nothing to show you at present crochet wise except that I'm on my 15th Granny Square and I have to make 62 approx  and Nooooo...  I am not making a blanket!!!


Keep well now!

Amanda :-) 

PS: this was mostly written on Sunday but do you think I could finish it .... impossible not even a breather until now!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

There it was gone!!!!

Holidays are wonderful but they are far too short. Its post-hols depression once again!!1


I'm shattered ....devastated!!!   My husband has cut up my heart and put it in a Spanish Omelette. Now then...for those of you who are wondering what the dickens I am talking about you best pop in to my last post here. I wouldn't like you to think Sr P has gone down Hannibal Lecter's road  and Silence of the Lambs is repeating itself in real life!!!!

I've popped in these photos of two adorable fairies that my sister has knitted for her great grand-daughter E. I just love them and they have such delightful names; Fairy Rose and Fairy Daisy.
Fairy Rose









and here you have a photo of little E who took to her Fairy Rose straight away!
Permission granted by E's Mum to use this photo on my blog

 I am pleased to  inform you my Mediterranean Giveaway goodies arrived safely to Zana at Zana's homemade   in New Zealand and surprisingly quick too. I added a few bits more to the original contents but I'll leave that for Zana to tell you about.


On the receiving end my heart missed a beat when I saw this parcel arrive:



 I just love the cheeriness of this postal jiffy bag. You know straight away that its something good inside!   It was indeed! The smashing giveaway that I won from Sue at Mrs Micawber

Just adore how the parcel is sealed up with two crochet flowers. The magazine well I can tell you it is truly years since I have had a Crochet Magazine in English in my hands!

The yarn is unbelievably soft and I just love that colour.  At present I'm putting it away until I decide what I am going to make with it  for ME. As it is all for ME this time!!!!   Sue also sent me some buttons for my button cache and the beautiful pink crochet hook purse.  Sigh!!! all gratefully received ,thank you Sue!


Busy busy time of the year for me but I've been squeezing in some quality time here and there to make up my bits for the Golden Autumn swap that Blueberry Heart is hosting which I will send to my swap partner Ellie at Feltabulous around mid October .  I can't show you any of it because it would be telling .....wouldn't it?


Here is one of my makes which I made during August.

A Mandala Fridge magnet










I don't feel as if I've achieved much craft wise throughout one month's holiday but the pig sty had to be converted back into a home again so I've been cleaning and cleaning and now it looks decent.




 We did managed to get to the beach to do it a bit of snorkel diving though.
We've returned to a little secluded part of the coast which isn't really a beach because it is mostly pebbles and rocks. We used to go there some years back so we were pleased to find the sea is as crystal clear as ever and fabulous for snorkel diving.  You don't get a lot of people there either because of the lack of sand but we don't mind that at all, as armed with our good old plastic sandals and spending most of the time in the sea  it  doesn't bother us. We did notice though because of the dunes further up that it has become popular now with nudists.They camp up in the dunes and come down to the sea to swim. We can usually hear them coming down to the shore because they don't know what plastic sandals are and the uuuh, ouch,ah ,B*** sounds as they step on the pebbles are quite loud.  I think I'd do quite a roaring trade in the summer selling plastic sandals and I think they might just break their nudist rules and cover their feet.  That nudists inhabit the dunes doesn't bother us at all either as we go there for the clear waters and the snorkeling which Sr P and I enjoy so much. It has even crossed my mind and I have discussed it with Sr P too wondering what it would be like to do the same...go nude that is..... but being blessed or cursed with a vivid imagination I imagined It would just be my luck that one of my students would one day come walking towards me and I assure you I'd die there and then of embarrassment!

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I'd like to welcome my new followers. Thank you for visiting and please do comment when you can.

I'd like also to invite you to pop in to Step's blog Show and Tell ,with a cat called Moonpie you can practically guess that there is a mystical creative crafty blogger blogging away there !   I am sure she'd love to have you visit.


Keep well you all

Amanda :-)



Tuesday, 9 September 2014

News Flash!


Do you think Mother Nature is trying to tell us something???


Perhaps more love and less war!!!

Yes this is a News Flash!!!   I have just seen my last post was two weeks ago!  Horrific I thought!!!
However its the usual back to work...beginning of the school year and totally rushed off my feet. 
I need to tell you about goodies received and goodies that have got to their destination! I also need to tell you about swaps and things being made!!!   I will very soon!!!



Amanda :-)  






Monday, 25 August 2014

Giveaway Winner


The Golden Autumn Swap


I am participating in Blueberry Heart's Golden Autumn Swap once again this year and my swap partner is Ellie from Feltabulous.   This has come just at the right time because I was feeling a bit down about not being able to visit home (UK) once again this year! However I can feel the stirrings and excitement of meeting someone new from blogland,finding out what Ellie likes,thinking about what I am going to make and buying for the swap!
Blues you can just go away as I have a swap to participate in!


Now then lets get down to who the winner is for my Mediterranean giveaway !



There were 39 participants so I did it the old way and wrote out all the numbers on bits of paper and put them in the hat  ; a woolie crochet basket I made for the occasion and that I shall be adding to the goodies.



and there you have it number 28 which corresponds to Zana from Zana's Homemade entry who lives over there in Middle Earth , New Zealand. Congratulations Zana!!!
Could you please send me your address. 
Many thanks to all of you who have participated and I hate that only one of you can win but ......do you know what if I win the big big win from the lottery I'll pop round to visit all my bloggy friends whereever you are and bring with me a little something from the Mediterranean for you!!!   
You never know ..... it just might happen!!!

"What's that Sr P.....what are you mumbling about under your breath....what .......yes I heard you .....and pigs might fly..........
Watch it mate! I just might leave you behind!!!! "


Amanda :-)















Thursday, 14 August 2014

Finishing this and that!


I have NOT been distracted you know ......even with all the excitement of hunky firefighters at my door (ok I'm exaggerating a teeny weeny bit...they were under my window) as related in my last post and what with the irritation of a second fire in our apartment block.
Actually could I just comment on this for a moment .Many of you remarked ,in your always welcome comments ,and rightly so .... how was it possible that the grandparents did not supervise the child adequately.  I have since then gathered a little more information about the situation from those here who know!   It seems the little angel,the grandson, (and he is ...a little fair blue eyed angel; pretty as a picture) loves to touch everything and particularly the hob & oven knobs and dials. The grandfather is in charge of the child while Mum and Grandma are out to work. Now it seems Grandad ( a young Grandad by the way) doesn't check what little angel face has been up to before they leave the flat for their morning stroll. Hence this is the second time he has come back to find his kitchen on fire. Incredible really, you would think he would have learnt the first time!
If it was me once I had that babe strapped in his pushchair I'd be checking every switch and plug in the house before I left.


as I was saying  I haven't been too distracted and have managed to finish the following makes :

This poncho is for my little six month old great niece who lives in Devon. I hope it will be too big for her as it is for autumn.



 The basic pattern isn't mine ...I know it isn't .....I think it was given to me by someone but I have no written pattern anymore. I did it from memory.
 I did design the extras though the neck,the soft trim around the neck and the bow .




It is a stash buster too. I used up some SMC Coats Bravo yarn and added Katia Bombon in white and mauve for the trim and bow. As SMC Coats Bravo yarn is a little harsh for babies´ skin I decided that the super soft Katia Bombon yarn would be ideal for the bits that would be in contact with little E´s skin. Incidentally can I just add Katia Bombon is useless for crochet! It is a total nightmare to use but it is my own fault because it does indicate on the label it is only for knitting.
 I had plans to add a third row to the edging but got so exasperated with it I gave up! I've sent all what I bought to my sister who is a knitter. It is a shame because it is really lovely and soft.

I was asked by a neighbour if I could make her a pincushion jar cover like the one I mentioned in this post here. Now as I tell everyone I do not normally make the same thing twice. Actually I don't think I could do another one anyhow as that first pincushion jar cover was total freeform. I have no pattern and I designed it as I went along. I told her I would do the same for her that is whatever came to mind ..that is freeform.....I don't think she really understood what freeform is though.
Anyhow I made this:

 I call it the Agra pincushion jar cover.    She said she liked it but I got the impression she thinks I'm a bit weird!  It may be weird but that is what came out of me or rather what was transmitted from my thoughts to my crochet hook!

Welcome to my new followers. I would really love to visit your blogs too could you send me the link please because I cannot see it on your profile on the Google friend Connect widget. I have tried to connect to some of you by email but I'm afraid  I can't because it indicates a no-reply email address



Amanda :-)



Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A bit of excitement

A bit of excitement I could do without!!!

Fire Brigade called in this morning to put out a fire in our apartment block. Once again in the 2nd floor flat!!! I live on the 1st floor!


It seems the culprit of the last fire and now this one is the 18 month year old grandchild who turns on the cooker without the grand parents knowing and the oven caught fire this time.
 I just don't understand this !!! This is the second time now don't they check everything before they leave the house!!   It all sounds really weird to me!





A firelady too.....oops! sorry a female firefighter!!!


Coming out of the smoke.




Typical!!!    How many firefighters do you need to discuss what is wrong or what to do?????  There must have been about 20 firefighters there but only  3 of them went up the central stairs!




No one hurt thank goodness!!!!

So...best get all my windows open now and spray everywhere something nice to get rid of the bitter smell of smoke!!

Amanda :-)






Friday, 8 August 2014

Mediterranean Giveaway ....updating!!



 It is about time that is what I'm thinking!!!

I've been meaning to do my giveaway since the beginning of July because it was three years ago in July when I hesitatingly started my blog.... but work did not slack off as I had expected so I just couldn't get down to it.
That is good by the way ...having more work that is....being self-employed I do not turn my nose up at extras when they are offered to me.

Three years of blogging!!!   Amazing!!! I have to say it is very true what I have expressed in the title of this post. I continue to have fun and I continue to enjoy blogging tremedously.


I am not sure if the following that I am going to comment is the norm where 2-3 year or well seasoned bloggers are concerned but I find that this last year of blogging I have changed my outlook and attitude to how I blog.
I seemed to have settled down to a certain way of blogging which makes it feel much more manageable and less stressful for me. As stated in previous posts there was really no way I could keep up with frequent posting and constant commenting on fellow bloggers posts. I now comment and respond when I can. I also try and comment with something to say and not just an empty nonsensical remark if not I just do not comment because I've nothing to say! 

This had to be!

I think blogging should never be stressful and I could envisage in my case I would have had to give it up eventually if this had continued.  Perhaps it was because I came to an agreement with myself that if I wanted to continue blogging and enjoy it I had to push to one side thoughts such as having to reply to every comment,gaining more followers or wondering why some blogs I follow from the very start have not even recognized my presence on theirs. I've turned to a much more relaxed view and am happy for people to follow me if they want to or not . As for non contact from a blog I follow that's fine too because I will continue to read and comment on it because I enjoy that blog.
 I have also to add a big thank you to the niche of fellow bloggers who continue to keep in contact although I can't always reply ......believe me I follow your blogs and I read your posts and all your comments on mine and I thoroughly enjoy hearing from you. 


I consider I receive much more than what I give back .......this giveaway is of course in no way in lieu of payment for all the delight I have received since becoming a craft blogger three years ago but it is in gratitude!

 Now then lets get down to the nitty gritty!!!

 My giveaway consists initially of 7 x 50gram balls of Coats SMC Bravo yarn in sea colours  and some sea treasure.
 I am sorry but neither the basket nor the sea shell is included!
Please focus on the underlined initially at the start of this paragraph. There is more to come! The yarn is the main part of my giveaway but there will be a few more Mediterranean surprises included which I'll add to my next posts.

What do you have to do to win the giveaway???
Not much ...it isn't at all painful!!!

It is open to craft bloggers world wide and beyond (Klingons,Silvan and Middle Earth Elves are welcome to participate) although unfortunately I cannot accept anyone signing anonymously.

TO PARTICIPATE:
You do not have to be a follower if you do not want to be although I would be delighted if you do become one. :-)
  • Leave your comment here on this post indicating you wish to participate 
  • Please upload the GIVEAWAY image at the top of this page to your blog roll and link it to here
  • OR  mention my giveaway in one of your next posts.

and that is all

 

Have I forgotten anything????
Yes I have.....

The giveaway will end on 24th August at midnight Spanish time!



Sigh!!!     Now I feel much better I have finally got my Giveaway out into blogland

Enjoy your weekend

Amanda :-)

PS: Keep a look out for the extra bits that I'll be adding to that basket!
 




Saturday, 19 July 2014

Cloudy Dawn


 Blogger is a pain!!!

Once again or should I say after three tries I've finally been able to reinstate my followers´ blog roll once more.  I shudder and hesitate anytime I add or delete from the blog roll now because when I do this these glitches seem to occur.....occasionally.... but not always.....temperamental B*****!


This means once again dear peeps I am not sure if I have added everyone to my blog roll. I'm sorry I know this is a pain (Blogger's fault remember!) but please just check you are there on my list. If you aren't just shout out and I'll add you.  They say Third time lucky well if this happens a fourth time I'm seriously considering another blog page designer.



 You may remember I did mention in my previous china post here that I had to go and block something big... and here it is:

Perhaps I should have said long instead of big!


The length of a single bed;that's 90cms

A summer wrap which I call Cloudy Dawn. It is my own design. I used that stitch in the past on something(that long ago I can't even remember what but I had a little sample of it) so I thought I would try it out. 
I used Katia Belice a varigated yarn which is gorgeous to work with. It has a stretchy feel to it and it is light.



I bought the yarn from the little Katia shop that I go to and they wanted to put it on show.....which was nice of them.

In a parcel I am sending to my sister B in Australia I wanted to add a little something extra so I made this dishcloth using up some Catania Grande 10ply cotton from my stash.
I found this pattern on the Red Heart website


A big welcome to my new followers ,many thanks for calling in and I hope you enjoy following my blog!



Amanda :-)




Monday, 14 July 2014

A Tiff over Le Tour de France




He said it was in France and I said it wasn't it was in England. He said it is called the Tour de France so it is held in France. I replied I recognize English green when I see it,even if it is on the TV and look there those fields like a patchwork quilt!  
This twittering went on back and forth and tempers were getting a tad bit uppity and then I saw ...


one of these .... and I said THAT is not a French telephone box and although HE went on to add that some people collect them you know!   Immediately after that comment we both saw this ...

 No further comments were made!


 HE is not going to get off that lightly ....." I told you so!"

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I have been crochet doodling! 

This was to be a jar lid cover ....just a little trifle



It sort of grew and I got just a little bit carried away

with a few bells



 a button,some overlay crochet  and ....




a bit of imagination and it became a jar lid cover pin cushion. :-)


Amanda :-)







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